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Ukecaster
12-10-2018, 05:09 PM
I see all these "Unboxing" videos on YouTube, some where they don't even play or review the uke, like they're big fans of the packaging industry! Kinda weird, if you ask me. Am I alone?

Jim Hanks
12-10-2018, 06:16 PM
I've started to do that a few times but I've never posted one. I guess the point is to capture the first impression but I generally find my first few minutes with an instrument not very instructive as it takes time to figure out its particular quirks.

Steedy
12-10-2018, 06:16 PM
No video, but here's a photo of a beautiful white box:

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:rolleyes:

Jan D
12-10-2018, 06:29 PM
This was brilliant, Bill. Thanks for the chuckles! :-)
Jan


There is cardboard and then there is cardboard. It can affect the tone of the uke, especially on a long flight in an aircraft hold. Old cardboard is obviously the best, the paper fibres have aged and will make the uke resonate with some astonishing timbre that often takes time to absorb.
Also the air inside the bubble wrap bubbles is important. If they get it from the little bubbles in the ice from deep under the surface inside the Arctic Circle, it is much cleaner and older and imparts a softer and less harsh character to the uke's strings.
And I hope you don't get trapped in the rookie error of tearing brown packing tape, it has to be cut with a collectible Case Canoe Pocket Knife. I once used my little Puma Paro to cut the tape and the results were disastrous. The red tape is much better, especially if it has non-English writing on it that looks ancient and mysterious, even if it does just translate to "fragile handle with care".
The best thing is to avoid exposing a recently unpacked uke to a camera lens, it will subtlety affect the tone for sure, you need to wait at least 72 hours before taking a picture, you may as well play the uke I suppose.
The best part of the unboxing is when they work out where the box actually opens up.

Kyle23
12-10-2018, 08:03 PM
I like watching them to be honest. That feeling of getting a new uke and watching a person go through that reminds me of the times I got my first ukulele and every one since.

kohanmike
12-10-2018, 09:07 PM
I see all these "Unboxing" videos on YouTube, some where they don't even play or review the uke, like they're big fans of the packaging industry! Kinda weird, if you ask me. Am I alone?
I agree, when I've seen a couple of them and they don't actually use the item, I felt like I wasted my time. Stopped looking at them a long time ago.

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Jerryc41
12-11-2018, 12:32 AM
No video, but here's a photo of a beautiful white box:

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:rolleyes:

Some day, I'll post a picture of the dozens of boxes in my garage. :)

UkerDanno
12-11-2018, 02:17 AM
I think the videos aren't really for anyone else, besides the person opening the box, it's an exciting time no denying that. Just getting a box on the front porch is stimulating, you all know that, it's the root of UAS! :D:shaka:

Down Up Dick
12-11-2018, 02:32 AM
Some day, I'll post a picture of the dozens of boxes in my garage. :)

Yes, yes! We must keep the boxes. Some are made in that perfect ukulele shape that can only be used for ukuleles, and keep the styrofoam padding and huge plastic bags too. Don’t sqander their use by filling them with old, dead leaves. Oh! Oh! And the pieces of bubble wrap. If you can keep from popping the bubbles, it’ll probably be usable for years!

We’re very lucky musicians to have big roomy garages for our ukulele boxes and wrappings. Who knows, we may need them some day. I feel wise and grateful to have kept all of mine.
:old:

Ukecaster
12-11-2018, 02:52 AM
I have a bunch of uke boxes too. I wonder why nobody posts videos of their "re-boxing" as a uke goes out the door? That, and getting the cash in your Paypal can be exciting and satisfying too! ;)

PeteyHoudini
12-11-2018, 04:32 AM
I did one 8 years ago as a ´video responsé to a Scottish guy’s video. How did it hold up?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1brSQs-FgI

Petey

Rllink
12-11-2018, 04:47 AM
The versatility of the ukulele is incredible. I just am in awe of how many things one can do with a ukulele that does not even involve playing it. But now unboxing. That even eclipses the show and tell non playing activity. It is never ending.

bazmaz
12-11-2018, 06:27 AM
Totally odd, and I will never understand them.

Totally with you.

(Ps - I believe they came about when people were opening either very techy bits of kit with lots of accessories to show off (to show buyers what you get) or to show off fancy packaging like on Apple products. I ‘kind’ of get those too reasons... but... a ukulele???)

EDW
12-11-2018, 06:44 AM
Maybe it is for those who are looking forward to seeing the bubble wrap and styrofoam packing peanuts. Incredibly stupid, but it certainly is proof that people will watch anything on YouTube

While we are griping, I have to admit that it drives me crazy when people have a review or video and they don't accurately tune the instrument.

ukantor
12-11-2018, 01:04 PM
Once upon a time, I placed an order for ten Ohana SK10 sopranos. The supplier confirmed shipment, but three weeks later there was no sign of them. My claim for a refund was underway when the box was finally delivered. It was a large cardboard carton, originally cubic in shape, but now unrecognizable. All eight corners were bashed in, there were gaping holes, and the whole thing was filthy and damp.

I carefully photographed the sorry mess, thinking it was going to end up as an insurance claim, but when I finally opened it up, all ten ukes had survived undamaged. I was gobsmacked! Each was wrapped in bubble wrap, in its own little cardboard box (the ubiquitous misshapen coffin type).

I should have made a video of that unboxing!

John Colter.

PeteyHoudini
12-11-2018, 02:17 PM
This could be possibly the first YouTube unboxing uke video. He mentions at the start about seeing others but pre-2009 would be difficult to find. His vid inspired me to do the same, but I did mine to share with the members of the German Ukuleleclub to show I got a German uke for the first time. Just a bit of fun.

Jimmy McGee in 2009 unboxes his KoAloha from Hawaii to Scotland. He does it in a very humble way, appreciating a great uke. Funny, I had no interest in Hawaiian ukes in 2009 and it took until 2015 to get one!!! hehe


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQhSRwn03CQ

Petey

captain-janeway
12-12-2018, 04:44 AM
LOL! I love some of these descriptions.

I'm keeping the beat up box from my Duke, just because it will probably be mailed to the next owner in it. I was actually amazed it made it from China in it. It looked like it had been drop kicked. Thanks UPS.

bratsche
12-12-2018, 05:08 AM
I put away all the boxes from my modest collection of various instruments in the attic, in case any should ever need re-homing. But were I to store even that small amount in the garage, we would have no room to park our vehicles or do the laundry! Some of you must have huge garages, or else be forced to park in the driveway or street!

bratsche

Down Up Dick
12-12-2018, 05:23 AM
I put away all the boxes from my modest collection of various instruments in the attic, in case any should ever need re-homing. But were I to store even that small amount in the garage, we would have no room to park our vehicles or do the laundry! Some of you must have huge garages, or else be forced to park in the driveway or street!

bratsche

I wonder why ukists store boxes at all. It’s like we’re never really satisfied with our purchases and ready to shuck ‘em off at any time. Or maybe we might quit playin’ them and switch to some other instrument (me) next week and hafta store the ukes away.

Do we save the boxes when we buy pots and pans or a new lamp or a nice coat or a great hat etc etc etc. I have many other instruments, and they are all box less.
:old:

Nickie
12-12-2018, 02:56 PM
I don't really wanna watch unboxing videos either. I used to, but I became bored after the 14th one....

Ukecaster
12-12-2018, 05:14 PM
I wonder why ukists store boxes at all. It’s like we’re never really satisfied with our purchases and ready to shuck ‘em off at any time....

UAS.....the gift that keeps on giving! ;)

Rllink
12-13-2018, 03:00 AM
I put away all the boxes from my modest collection of various instruments in the attic, in case any should ever need re-homing. But were I to store even that small amount in the garage, we would have no room to park our vehicles or do the laundry! Some of you must have huge garages, or else be forced to park in the driveway or street!

bratsche I do have a big garage. That was the number one consideration when I bought my house. I was a part time mechanic though. Mechanics need big garages.


I wonder why ukists store boxes at all. It’s like we’re never really satisfied with our purchases and ready to shuck ‘em off at any time. Or maybe we might quit playin’ them and switch to some other instrument (me) next week and hafta store the ukes away.

Do we save the boxes when we buy pots and pans or a new lamp or a nice coat or a great hat etc etc etc. I have many other instruments, and they are all box less.
:old:

That is a good question Dick. Because I have my ukulele boxes, and the boxes that my ukulele boxes came in up in the attic of my garage. And I have no intention of re-homing any of them. At one time I did re-home two Waterman ukuleles that I won, and I re-homed them without the boxes. Those boxes are up in the attic of the garage as well. WHY?????

Down Up Dick
12-13-2018, 03:45 AM
I am probably gonna step on some ukist’s toes, but there’s just somethin’ different about ukuleles.

Of course, I don’t know for sure, but most musicians, who play trumpets or saxophones or violins or drumsets, don’t turn around every month or two and trade them off for a new one. I think most of these musicians buy an instrument, learn to play it or to remember how and have a good time playing it. My Dentist has instruments that he played in high school. He hangs them on the wall. I have instruments that are at least ten years old, however, I do trade mine in, when I get tired of them, for a totally DIFFERENT kind of instrument. I enjoy the studying and learning more than the playing sometimes. My neighbor across the driveway collects (and keeps) different kinds of guitars

So, I think, we keep the uke mailing boxes so we will be able to use them to get a better ukulele in a month or two, or to store them in when we quit.

One never knows, do one (Fats Waller)? Well, whadaya think? :old:

EDW
12-13-2018, 03:55 AM
UAS.....the gift that keeps on giving! ;)

There are really only of handful of instruments out there, but most keep moving from house to house!

Rllink
12-13-2018, 04:27 AM
I am probably gonna step on some ukist’s toes, but there’s just somethin’ different about ukuleles.

: I don't know about ukuleles being different. My friend took up the guitar when he retired, and I swear he has a new one to tell me about every time I see him. And guitars are a lot more expensive than ukuleles. But I agree with you about band instruments. Several people in our church still play their band instruments from highschool at services.

Down Up Dick
12-13-2018, 04:55 AM
I don't know about ukuleles being different. My friend took up the guitar when he retired, and I swear he has a new one to tell me about every time I see him. And guitars are a lot more expensive than ukuleles. But I agree with you about band instruments. Several people in our church still play their band instruments from highschool at services.

Maybe your friend KEEPS his guitars (in cases?). They can be tuned to sound and play differently. :old:

EDW
12-13-2018, 05:15 AM
I am probably gonna step on some ukist’s toes, but there’s just somethin’ different about ukuleles.

Of course, I don’t know for sure, but most musicians, who play trumpets or saxophones or violins or drumsets, don’t turn around every month or two and trade them off for a new one. I think most of these musicians buy an instrument, learn to play it or to remember how and have a good time playing it. My Dentist has instruments that he played in high school. He hangs them on the wall. I have instruments that are at least ten years old, however, I do trade mine in, when I get tired of them, for a totally DIFFERENT kind of instrument. I enjoy the studying and learning more than the playing sometimes. My neighbor across the driveway collects (and keeps) different kinds of guitars


One huge difference with band instruments is that it can get pricey. While there are super cheap imports these days, many are junk. To get something better is a bit more of an investment. At the same time, the playing techniques are nowhere near as quick or immediate as throwing a finger down and strumming a C chord on a uke. Instruments like ukes and guitars have the appeal that you can accompany yourself. There are plenty of community bands and orchestras and other opportunities out there for musicians.

That is a great thing about music. There are lots of options and everyone can find a flavor they like.

Down Up Dick
12-13-2018, 05:56 AM
I’m not saying that ukes are no good. I’m just saying that they, and their uses are different.

In my book, their difference is okay, and so is the use of their mailing boxes. So stack ‘em in the attic in good health.
:old:

EDW
12-13-2018, 06:18 AM
I’m not saying that ukes are no good. I’m just saying that they, and their uses are different.


By all means, all is good.

.......unless you play bagpipes :rolleyes:

Steedy
12-13-2018, 11:54 AM
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say: The holidays are better with a ukulele! :D

Bill Sheehan
12-13-2018, 02:02 PM
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say: The holidays are better with a ukulele! :D

I'll "second" that !!